Definition of meaningful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmiːnɪŋfʊl/
Pronunciation: /ˈmiːnɪŋf(ə)l/


1Having meaning: meaningful elements in a language words likely to be meaningful to pupils
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  • The purpose of collecting qualitative data is to find some sort of pattern inherent in the numbers that will point out some trend that is meaningful to the collector.
  • However, these connections are not clear enough for the experience to be meaningful to anyone who was not there.
  • Instead we saw one another as co-creators of an artistic process that was deeply meaningful to us.
significant, relevant, important, consequential, material, telling, pithy, weighty, valid, worthwhile, purposeful
1.1Serious, important, or worthwhile: the new structure would bring meaningful savings
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  • Any words that strike you as important or meaningful, words that you feel are stressed, biased, repeated or isolated.
  • I mean that it was a serious attempt to make meaningful acknowledgment of his concern for art history without renouncing his painstakingly constructed, jaded persona.
  • Depending on work, learning, and leisure activities, different people will consider different activities as personally meaningful and important.
sincere, deep, serious, in earnest, significant, important
1.2Communicating something that is not directly expressed: meaningful glances and repressed passion
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  • Kim depends so much on wordless communication and meaningful interplay of glances.
  • As Silveria spoke he sent a meaningful glance in Ramano's direction.
  • There can be more humour in a meaningful glance between Jim Royle and his son, or in a pregnant pause between the Royles and the mad woman next door, than in an entire episode of My Family or Friends.
expressive, eloquent, pointed, significant, meaning;
deep, pregnant, speaking, telltale, revealing, suggestive
1.3 Logic Having a recognizable function in a logical language or other sign system.
Example sentences
  • A meaningful test of Radius system performance required confirmation of the interferometer concept.
  • As it turns out, many virtual entities lend themselves well to the meaningful assignment of status functions.



Pronunciation: /ˈmiːnɪŋfʊlnəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈmiːnɪŋfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • It is possible that one may not be able to account for the meaningfulness or logical behavior of certain sentences simply on the basis of the denotations (names and descriptions) in the sentence.
  • I don't think that I am the only one who couldn't help but wonder about the meaningfulness of his job and his mission in life.
  • If writers were paid per unit of meaningfulness rather than per word or per page, he would have been one of the richest.

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